Villa Serenella BN57448

Cortona Tuscany Italy
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Location

Halfway up a hill, under the watchful eye of the beautiful town of Cortona, lies the ancient and noble Villa Serena, surrounded by olive groves and an old rustic park. Here, among centuries-old tranquility, you can relax and enjoy stately cypress and pine trees along with a magnificent view of the old town of Cortona. The stately Villa Serena, which dates from around 1800, has been fully-restored to its original glory, only the bathroom and kitchen are contemporary. In addition to the villa there are two, equally old, outbuildings: one where the wine was made and another that served as a "limonaia", a building with numerous windows and doors where the citrus trees (in large terracotta pots) were stored during winter. These buildings have also been fully-restored. In the park of the villa, the owner has built a swimming pool for the guests. From Villa Serena the great cultural cities of Tuscany and Umbria are easy to reach, but in the immediate surroundings you will also find many old villages that have a great history. A stay at Villa Serena, or one of its outbuildings, gives you the opportunity to enjoy plenty of beauty, nature and culture, all within easy reach.

Interior

Serenella is completely restored building. In its construction and location it is similar to Limonaia. Here wine was once made for the noble family of the villa. The owner has completely renovated Serenella but wherever possible has retained the old materials in the renovation. Serenella has a private terrace from where you enter into a cozy living room containing antique furniture, a sitting area and a separate dining area. You will also find terracotta floors and wood-beamed ceilings. In addition, the living room has a cozy bedroom furnished with a double bed and matching furniture. In addition to the bedroom there is a bathroom. On the other side of the living room lies the kitchen. From your private terrace you can reach the pool.

Surroundings

The American writer Frances Mayes bought an old house in Cortona during the nineties and totally refurbished it. It was there that he wrote the book “Under the Tuscan Sun” (1996). It became a bestseller and then a film in 2003. Since then Cortona has been highly visited by tourists. The city acquired additional publicity because it served as a backdrop for some scenes in the Roberto Benigni's film “La vita è bella”. On the slopes of the hills rises Cortona, a jewel of Tuscany. Its buildings are made of sandstone and are adorned with wooden balconies which highlight the medieval streets and squares. Cortona is a town of Etruscan origin located in the mountains of the province of Arezzo. The city was established on one of the earliest inhabited hills of the province and shares a similar topography with cities like Assisi and Volterra. Cortona is situated not far from the border of Tuscany and Umbria. To the west, the town spreads wide across the Valdichiana Valley, with the extinct volcano of Monte Amiata (1738 m) in the background. Lake Trasimeno in Umbria is visible from the higher elevations of the city. Cortona has a beautiful footpath full of cafes and restaurants. In summer there are several activities here. 12 kilometers from the residence lies Lake Trasimeno. It's like a small sea. There are beaches, ferries, islands, rocks and fishermen. Lake Trasimeno is one of the enchanted hearts of Italy, situated south of the Apennines. The Big Island is the only inhabited island of the lake. It has several dozen residents who live among the nice rocks. The island is known for its women who are adorned with expensive, almost centuries-old braids. Cortona is located 30 km south of the city of Arezzo, 75 km east of Siena and 115 km south of Florence. All facilities such as shops, restaurants and public transport are located within 3 km.


  • Shops:3 km
  • Water:1 km
  • City:3 km
  • Golf:10 km
  • Bike rental:1 km
  • Horseback riding:500 meters
  • Tennis court:800 meters
  • Bar:500 meters
  • Theme park:20 km
  • Water sports:10 km
  • Vineyard:15 km
  • Public Swimming pool:On the spot
  • Playground:1 km
  • Restaurant:1 km
  • Mini-golf:10 km
  • ATM:1 km
  • Supermarket:3 km
  • Bakery:3 km
  • Fitness:3 km
  • Distance from Utrecht:1500 km
  • International airport:120 km
  • Public Transport:500 meters
  • Distance to the capital:30 km

Features


The following facilities are available for use upon booking this house:

General
  • Parking: Yes
  • Landlord present: Yes
  • Bath linen: available
  • Bed linen: available
  • Burglar alarm: Yes
  • Maximum number of pets: In concert
  • Heating: Electric Heating
  • Launderette: available
Electric
  • Refrigerator: Yes
  • Washing machine: Yes
  • Freezer: Yes
  • Television: Yes
  • Tumble dryer: Yes
  • Stove: Gas
  • Coffee maker: Italian Espresso maker
  • Furnace size: 4-burner
  • Oven: Hot Air
Outdoors
  • Garden: Yes
  • Barbecue: Yes
  • Terrace: Yes
  • Garden furniture: Yes
  • Swimming pool: Yes
Extra
  • Highchair: Yes
  • Child bed: Yes

Conditions

Conditions of the landlord:


NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Pet 50.00 euro / week
- Final cleaning 50.00 euro / booking
- Heating 9 euros / APARTMENT / day
- Baby cot 26.00 euros / week
- Extra bed 52.00 Euros person / week.
- air conditioning compulsory 28.06-22.08 60.00 euros / week

The pool is open from 15.05 to30.09.
Check in at the reception at the Residence Casale. Check in from 15:00 to 19:00 Check-out at 10:00.

Tourist Tax: Euro 3.00 per person per night for the first 4 day of stay (from April to October, in December and in Easter Period) and 50% reduction in November and from January to March.
Adults and children from 12 years.

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